3101. Lindrea Street

I was alerted to this superb stencil from Stewy and Voice of Joan through a rather different route than my usual network of artists/hunters. I stumbled upon an Instagram post from @thiscitymum, and unlike my usual leads who scan the regular spots we visit, she wonders around the city taking pictures of wonderful things and in doing so leaves the beaten track and finds some hidden gems like this one.

Stewy and Voice of Joan, Lindrea Street, Bristol, July 2020
Stewy and Voice of Joan, Lindrea Street, Bristol, July 2020

This huge stencil on the side of a house is in an area where parked cars are a fact of life. I have visited this piece twice and the cars are a real challenge, so these are the best pictures I have so far. The single layer stencil in black is set on the neutral green background and features Lewis Carroll’s Alice peering round a curtain.  Of course the piece is after John Tenniel who produced the original illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. (Note this representation is a reversed version of the original).

Stewy and Voice of Joan, Lindrea Street, Bristol, July 2020
Stewy and Voice of Joan, Lindrea Street, Bristol, July 2020

Private commissions like this one are what makes a city sing, and I take my hat off to the owners of the end-of-terrace house. I have featured Stewy many times on Natural Adventures and his pieces are always of the highest quality. I have not however heard of Voice of Joan before, but will keep my eyes peeled. Something a bit different in Bedminster.

Thursday doors – 6 August 2020

I still haven’t been out much lately so there aren’t too many new doors to write home about, although these little doors in a street nearby caught my eye. The great thing about people having to stay at home is that they get creative.

These little doors on the front garden wall of a family home are unlikely to have ever happened in normal circumstances. They made me laugh.

Little doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020
Little doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020
Open doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020
Open doors on a garden wall in Redland, Bristol, August 2020

And now I revert to a few more archive street art doors from 2018 including rather a lot of shutter pieces:

Alex Lucas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Alex Lucas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
3rdeye, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
3rdeye, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Zase, Newfoundland Road, Bristol, September 2018
Zase, Newfoundland Road, Bristol, September 2018
Guts, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Guts, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
Joel Aroyo, Barcelona, March 2018
Joel Aroyo, Barcelona, March 2018
3rdeye, North Street, Bristol, January 2016
3rdeye, North Street, Bristol, January 2016
3Dom, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
3Dom, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
T-Rex, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
T-Rex, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Nevla, Hepburn Road, Bristol, October 2018
Nevla, Hepburn Road, Bristol, October 2018
Rezwonk, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2018
Rezwonk, Moon Street, Bristol, October 2018
Kaldea, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Kaldea, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

So another week passes us by in this ‘groundhog day’ existence, but to break the mould, I am taking a few days off work next week to recharge the batteries, and you just never know I might get to photograph a few more new doors. Whatever you are up to, I wish you a great week.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you really ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

 

by Scooj

3100. M32 roundabout J3 (243)

Taboo clearly has a great sense of fun which really comes out in his work. He is an unconventional graffiti writer using large curvy and often erratic lettering that appears to be being used by a number of ‘new school’ artists in Bristol.

Taboo, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020
Taboo, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020

Taboo has incorporated a policeman, looking very much like an American cop, chasing after a smiley face that is scuttling away to the left of the piece. Although his work sometimes looks a bit ragged, I consider Taboo to be a talented street artist who is pushing the boundaries of convention.

Taboo, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020
Taboo, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020

The workmanship of the cop character is skilfully done and almost feels slightly underplayed and modest. On its own it would stand up as a fine piece of work. Looking forward to seeing where Taboo will take us next.

3099. M32 roundabout J3 (242)

Having not really noticed work by Pl8o before lock down, I now seem to see his work wherever I look. This is a rather nice one in a well selected colour scheme down on the M32 roundabout.

Pl8o, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020
Pl8o, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2020

Although this piece wasn’t part of the outstanding paint jam that included Inkie, Tizer, Rusk, Minto, Hemper and Soker, it was just a little bit further along the wall and was in great company. With a few more years hard graft, I can easily see Pl8o painting comfortably alongside such artists.

3098. Purdown HAA Battery (6)

Well hello boys! Daz Cat has done himself proud with this new sassy female cat up at Purdown Battery. It is really clever how by changing a few features slightly, the gender of the cat can be changed. I guess it is mostly in the eyes and mouth that male becomes female or vice verse.

Daz Cat, Purdown Battery, Bristol, July 2020
Daz Cat, Purdown Battery, Bristol, July 2020

In an Instagram post Daz Cat said that there will be more girl cats coming soon. I am thoroughly looking forward to that. I have a few more cats from the artist yet to post, so watch this space.

3097. Dean Lane skate park (336)

Well this is just brilliant. A really clever and really well crafted piece from Laic217 who, it has to be said, has been on fire since the lock down restrictions were eased. A skeleton character taking a photograph of a piece by Laic217. It reminds me a little bit of me, although I carry a little more weight than this character.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2020
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2020

The whole thing has been painted in a spectrum of shades of black, grey and white apart, that is, from the red camera strap bearing the name Laic217. This is a work of an artist really enjoying his craft and employing his creativity with freedom. On of my favourite Laic217 pieces to date.

3096. North Street

I think that this is the largest mural I have seen from Bex Glover, and it is an absolute beauty. The recently completed piece is in good company, being adjacent to large works by Gemma Compton and Zoe Power.

Bex Glover, North Street, Bristol, July 2020
Bex Glover, North Street, Bristol, July 2020

Two foxes tail to tail and nose to nose are the centrepiece of this typically ornate piece from Bex Glover, all set on a dark turquoise background. There is a symmetry to the piece that is interrupted only by a few subtle differences. There is a small quote at the bottom of the piece that reads ‘stronger together’, a narrative that has run through the coronavirus epidemic and the black lives matter movement.

Bex Glover, North Street, Bristol, July 2020
Bex Glover, North Street, Bristol, July 2020

The foxes, such an iconic symbol of Bristol, represent the togetherness talked about and convey a positive message. This is a lovely new piece from Bex Glover.